Psalms 84:10-11 (ESV)
“10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk pmuprightly.”
Matthew 5:43-48 (MSG)
“43 You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ 44 I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, 45 for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. 46 If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. 47 If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. 48 In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”
That sounds good. I’d rather be a doorkeeper, a doorman, in God’s house of generosity and graciousness than live with the wicked.
So, you wanna hate me? I wanna love you. The same way we do God and God does us.
Love the unlovable, yes, even those obliviots who lounge in the passing lane of the highway. Or the anti’s who are opposed to everything and for nothing. Or the poor, the marginalized; those who have little, nothing, less. Or those who hate you for who you are and who you aren’t.
Love obliviot’s, haters and anti’s and spend some time at the door to His kingdom.